Fish and Aquatic Life
The South Branch of Duck Creek is a small tributary to the Duck Creek system. The stream is pretty much protected by wetlands. The creek has been classified as a Class I trout stream and an exceptional resource water (ERW). There is a muck farm on the creek that has caused some problems in the past. One of the impacts has been that the stream has left its channel and follows the drainage ditch created by the muck farm. The owner of the farm had applied for federal funds through the Wetlands Reserve Program, (WRP), to restore the land to wetland. This restoration will help put stream back in its original channel and improve water quality. Public access to this stream could be improved.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available.
Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation and implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load Analysis, habitat restoration work, partnership education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1269600||South Branch Duck Creek||10016435||Roelke Creek - 3 M Upstream From Upperschliesmann Rd Bridge||11/6/2003||11/6/2003||Map||Data|
|1269600||South Branch Duck Creek||10009941||South Branch Duck Creek - South Branch Of Duck Creek 5 Meters Upstream From Schleisman Road Bridge (Roelke Creek)||9/29/1988||9/29/1988||Map||Data|
South Branch Duck Creek is located in the Duck Creek and Rocky Run watershed which is 140.89 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (53%), forest (19%) and a mix of wetland (15%) and other uses (10%). This watershed has 232.25 stream miles, 1,895.92 lake acres and 16,023.66 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Low for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.